Events Calendar

2018 Collections & Bankruptcy Conference
From Thursday, May 17, 2018 -  09:00am
To Friday, May 18, 2018 - 04:00pm

CollectionsBankIcon18Collections and bankruptcy issues: They’re a tough part of the job, but someone has to do them! The New York Credit Union Association’s 2018 Collections & Bankruptcy Conference is designed to help professionals tackle some of the most difficult member-issues affecting credit unions.

 Join us for two days of learning sessions focused specifically on credit union collections and bankruptcy topics.

Day 1 Collections:

Winning at Collections:  The Best Defense is a Great Offense

If your credit union is focusing solely on the delinquency report to identify troubled members, you are ready for an upgrade! There was once a time when the collections function was one of the most underappreciated areas of the credit union.  Guess what?  That time is over!   The current regulatory environment is having a negative impact on many of your members and credit unions are in a unique position to assist them, as long as they avoid the landmines along the way. 

Is your collections department ready to help both the member and the credit union weather the storm?   Every member who has their loan charged off made a final payment at some time. The problem is the credit union didn’t realize it was the last payment when it was made.  This full day workshop examines the nuts and bolts of an effective collections program and centers on maximizing collections efficiency and the role of member service.  From regulatory compliance to marketing campaigns to interdisciplinary collections involving all credit union staff to loan modifications and charge offs, this session reveals innovative ways to identify and communicate with troubled members before it’s too late. 

This session will cover:

What Makes Members Pay

  • Creating a Collections Mission Statement
  • Collections as a Member Service
  • Mapping Out Key DQ Member Contact Points
  • Educating all Staff on the Collections Function
  • Cross Selling in a Collections Environment
  • Prioritizing Collection Efforts
  • Pre-Contact Preparation
  • Essential Elements of a Collections Phone Call
  • The Art of Closing the Call

“Fool” Proofing Your Collections Processes

  • Compliance Traps and Regulatory Requirements
  • Performing a Collections 360° Analysis and Inventory
  • Creating Effective Staff Incentives
  • Working with Senior Management and the Board
  • Tracking Effort AND Results
  • Defining and Celebrating Successes
  • Dealing with Difficult Members
  • Overcoming the Most Common Objections to Payment
  • From Robo Calls to Repo Letters - Identifying Liability Landmines

Special Collections:  From Skips to Repos to Real Estate
Repossession and Foreclosure Issues

  • Skip Tracing Resources and Tips
  • Real Estate Collections
  • Modifications and Workouts for Real Estate Loans
  • NCUA guidance on Loss Mitigation, Foreclosures, and Loan Modifications
  • Troubled Debt Restructuring
  • Understanding and Communicating the Recovery Options
  • Maximizing Recoveries on Charged Off Loans
  • Agency vs. Attorney Placement






Day 2 Bankruptcy:

Effective Bankruptcy:  Understanding the Process and Developing a Strategy

Bankruptcies continue to be a dark cloud on the credit union’s economic weather report and it looks like the storm is just getting started.   Rising filings and new rules are making the collections process even harder after a member “commits bankruptcy” against the credit union.  This session is designed for the credit union professional that is familiar with bankruptcy and wants to sharpen their skills in this debtor friendly world.   We will examine the current state of consumer bankruptcy and how it continues to impact credit unions.   This full day seminar will focus on advanced bankruptcy recovery and loss reduction concepts.  

From best practices to the most common landmines to maximizing recovery methods in collections, this interactive program walks the credit union professional through the complicated world of bankruptcy in an easy to understand (and retain) format.  Better yet, the instructor is a former bankruptcy attorney who has represented both debtors and credit unions during his 20 plus year career.

This session will cover:

Bankruptcy Fundamentals

  • Brief history and “intended purpose” of bankruptcy
  • Review of key bankruptcy terms and concepts
  • Overview of the Bankruptcy Process
  • Understanding Your credit union’s Value Proposition
  • Filing Trends
  • Bankruptcy timeline: From first payment reminder to discharge

Operational Issues in Bankruptcy

  • What every credit union should be doing after it receives a bankruptcy notice
  • Bankruptcy Checklists
  • Reaffirmation Process and Challenges
  • Limitations on Cram Down of Automobile Loans
  • Debtor’s Statement of Intent and the Ride Through Problem
  • When to Call Your Attorney
  • When to Call Their Attorney
  • Bullet Proof your Proof of Claim
  • Utilizing Electronic Services

Bankruptcy Recovery and Fraud Control

  • Leveraging the Credit Union Relationship to Reduce Losses
  • The Right To Set Off
  • Achieving Relief from the Automatic Stay
  • The Truth Behind Voluntary payments
  • Rights under the Cross Collateral Clause
  • Motions to Dismiss or Convert under the new Means Test
  • Fraud and Preference Actions
  • Meeting of Creditors Tips and Tricks
  • Effective Policies and Procedures
  • Real Estate Loans in Bankruptcy

Regulatory Compliance Traps in the New Bankruptcy Order

  • Overview of NEW Bankruptcy Rules and Forms
  • News from the Competition:  Examining bankruptcy attorneys’ marketing strategies
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act and FACT Act Violations
  • Avoiding Automatic Stay Violations
  • Denial of Member Services
  • Post Discharge Injunction

New York Credit Union Association
1021 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY  12205

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Educational Investment:

Full Conference Member Credit Unions: $399
Daily Registration: $199
Full Conference Non-Affiliate Credit Unions: $499

Registration Deadline: May 10, 2018


ReedHeadshotDavid A. Reed

David is a partner in the law firm of Reed and Jolly, PLLC and founder of CU Doctor, a full service credit union consulting practice.

Cancellation Policy:

 A refund of the amount paid, less a $80 administrative fee per registration, will be given for all cancellations received via email to ten or more business days prior to the start of the series. No refunds will be granted if the cancellation is received fewer than ten business days prior to the start of the series. Substitutes will be accepted anytime prior to the start of the series at no additional cost. Simply email an updated registration form, listing the new participant and the name of the person they will be replacing.